Quotations about Humankind

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I am not a human being; I am a human becoming.  ~Author Unknown

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.  ~Joseph Baretti, quoted by James Boswell, 1766, commonly misattributed to Samuel Johnson
* (Thank you, Frank Lynch of SamuelJohnson.com)

The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I see one dilemma with Western man, it's that he can't accept how beautiful he is.  He can't accept that he is pure light, that he's pure love, that he's pure consciousness, that he's divine.  ~Ram Dass

The human species is made up of seven billion subspecies each consisting of one specimen.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Man is harder than rock and more fragile than an egg.  ~Yugoslav Proverb

That in man which cannot be domesticated is not his evil but his goodness.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.  ~Albert Camus

A human being:  an ingenious assembly of portable plumbing.  ~Christopher Morley, Human Being

The true man walks the earth as the stars walk the heavens, grandly obedient to those laws which are implanted in his nature.  ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays, 1911

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.  ~Bertrand Russell

Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Ocean:  A body of water occupying two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.  ~Ambrose Bierce

Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose.  ~Turkish Proverb

Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it.  ~John Steinbeck, Sweet Thursday

In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly.  But with humans it is the other way around:  a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.  ~Anton Chekhov

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.  ~Aldous Huxley

We are perverse creatures and never satisfied.  ~Nan Fairbrother

Modern man is the missing link between apes and human beings.  ~Author Unknown

Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock.  Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history.  Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.  ~Stephen Jay Gould, "Our Allotted Lifetimes," The Panda's Thumb, 1980

Such is the human race, often it seems a pity that Noah... didn't miss the boat.  ~Mark Twain

There are too many people, and too few human beings.  ~Robert Zend

It would indeed be a tragedy if the history of the human race proved to be nothing more than the story of an ape playing with a box of matches on a petrol dump.  ~David Ormsby Gore

Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.  ~George Bernard Shaw

The disastrous history of our species indicates the futility of all attempts at a diagnosis which do not take into account the possibility that homo sapiens is a victim of one of evolution's countless mistakes.  ~Arthur Koestler, Janus: A Summing Up

Men!  The only animal in the world to fear.  ~D.H. Lawrence

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.  ~Don Marquis

Man embraces in his makeup all the natural orders; he's a squid, a mollusk, a sucker and a buzzard; sometimes he's a cerebrate.  ~Martin H. Fischer

Men are cruel, but Man is kind.  ~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds, 1916

Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind.  ~David Ehrenfeld, The Arrogance of Humanism, 1978

Human nature, if healthy, demands excitement; and if it does not obtain its thrilling excitement in the right way, it will seek it in the wrong.  God never makes bloodless stoics; He makes no passionless saints.  ~Oswald Chambers

Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Monkeys are superior to men in this:  When a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.  ~Malcolm de Chazal

It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.  ~Mariane Moore, "A Grave," Collected Poems, 1951

If man were relieved of all superstition, and all prejudice, and had replaced these with a keen sensitivity to his real environment, and moreover had achieved a level of communication so simplified that one syllable could express his every thought, then he would have achieved the level of intelligence already achieved by his dog.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.  ~Mark Twain, "Reflections on Being the Delight of God."

Adam ate the apple, and our teeth still ache.  ~Hungarian Proverb

Why was man created on the last day?  So that he can be told, when pride possesses him:  God created the gnat before thee.  ~The Talmud

Man - a creature made at the end of the week's work when God was tired.  ~Mark Twain

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated His ability.  ~Oscar Wilde

O poor mortals, how ye make this earth bitter for each other.  ~Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, vol. I, book II, chapter 1

God pulled an all-nighter on the sixth day.  ~Author Unknown

Zoo:  An excellent place to study the habits of human beings.  ~Evan Esar

The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant [is] alone enough to upset Darwin.  ~Henry Adams, Education, 1907

Man - a being in search of meaning.  ~Plato

Ultimately, aren't we all just talking monkeys with an attitude problem?  ~"Uncle" Ben, as seen on quotes‑r‑us.org

The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.  ~Gustave Flaubert

Nothing feebler does earth nurture than man,
Of all things breathing and moving.
~Homer, Odyssey

Everyone is as God made him, and often a good deal worse.  ~Miguel de Cervantes

Man is a strange animal, he doesn't like to read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it.  ~Adlai Stevenson

It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.  ~Albert Einstein

God doesn't measure His bounty, but oh how we do!  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.  ~Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes, 1911

The human race is governed by its imagination.  ~Napoleon

Man uses his intelligence less in the care of his own species than he does in his care of anything else he owns or governs.  ~Abraham Meyerson

Human beings cling to their delicious tyrannies and to their exquisite nonsense, till death stares them in the face.  ~Sydney Smith

Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?  ~Pierre Troubetzkoy

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